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Get Lit Salon Series

Spirited conversation. Literary culture.

Inspired by 17th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Salons are hosted by local writers, professors, or other members of the community, who speak for three to five minutes on a topic of their choice before opening up the conversation to the room. Guests must be 21 or older. Everyone is welcome. All salons are free. 

To learn more about Get Lit, you can view upcoming salons below or learn more about Get Lit. You can also meet this month's host or view past salons

Have something you'd like talk about? Know someone who does? Nominate yourself or someone else to host today!

This Month's Salon

Get Lit: The Excitement of Influence with Walonda Williams
Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Spirited conversation. Literary culture. Every first Thursday at Valley Bar. Get Lit.

This month: Environment, inspiration, and influence with Walonda Williams

What pushes our writing to the next level? How does our artistic consumption affect our production? How can we create and maintain rich and fertile creative environments? How can we provide ourselves with the tools or opportunities we need?


This Month's Host

Piper Writers Studio Instructor Walonda Williams

Proud to be a Phoenix resident for five years, Walonda Williams hails from Detroit, Michigan, where she graduated with a BFA in theater from Wayne State University. Williams recently completed her MBA, specializing in project management, from Strayer University. Through flash memoir, poetry, short stories and staged-plays, Williams provides an otherworldly perspective and employs organic process, unleashing the marginalized voice. She trusts that transformative writing can shift painful pasts into dynamic action.